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December 25, 2018: St Francis Xavier's Church, Nuwara Eliya

 

When I last visited Nuwara Eliya, situated high in the mountains of Sri Lanka's tea country, I made a point of seeing some of the local sights.  One of the my friends and traveling companions, a devout Catholic, wanted to visit St. Xavier's Catholic Church, which I'm glad we did because it is quite lovely. 

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Nuwara Eliya St, Francis Xavier Church (1)

Nuwara Eliya St, Francis Xavier Church (2)

The church's construction was begun in 1838, and it was completed over a 10 year period.  It's still a lovely building, a brown color with colonial architecture, so it fits in well with the overall appearance of the town.

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The interior  of the church is bright and cheery, and has some interesting mementos of the Saint it's named for.  

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